Bruce D Schirmer

Bruce D Schirmer, MD

General Surgery
Call 434.924.2104
Primary Location:
Surgical Care

4th Floor

1300 Jefferson Park Ave.

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Secondary Locations:
ABMS Certification:
Surgery, 1986
Research Interests:

Gastrointestinal motility, postoperative ileus, gastrointestinal hormones, applications of minimally invasive surgery

Clinical Practice:
Achalasia, Anal Cancer, Appendicitis, Bile Duct Cancer, Colon Cancer, Liver Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Gastric (Stomach) Cancer, Gallstones, Groin Hernia, Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, Appendectomy-Open Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Fundoplication-Open Surgery, Overweight, Small Intestine Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer

Vice Chair, Department of Surgery


Bruce Schirmer, MD, has been on faculty at the University of Virginia since 1985 and serves as the Stephen H. Watts Professor of Surgery, the vice chair of the Department of Surgery, the division chief of general surgery and director of the surgery nutrition support service. Previously, he was the program director of surgery for 17 years.

Schirmer has been a director of the American Board of Surgery, and is a past-president of the Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA), the Society of Clinical Surgery, the Fellowship Council, the SAGES Foundation, and the AHPBA Foundation. In addition, he was the vice president of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and the founding president of the ACS Bariatric Surgery Centers Network Committee. Schirmer is a governor to the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and serves as an editorial board member of six surgical journals.

Schirmer specializes in treating patients with all types of gastrointestinal problemsobesity surgery and laparoscopic abdominal surgery.

Married to his wife, Geri, since 1975, Schirmer has two children, Kate Lynn and Liza, which he says are “the best things to which I have contributed.” In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, including his three grandchildren, Jack, Max and Rose.

  • 2019 Best Bedside Manner Awards, OurHealth Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley Magazine; Second Place, Bariatric Medicine
  • 2011-2020 Best Doctors in America® List 
Duke University, 1978
General and Thoracic Surgery, Duke University
Gastrointestinal Surgery Research, Duke University